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Monsters University

by TerriAnn
Monsters University Movie Disney / Pixar Prequel to Monsters Inc.

Monsters University Movie Review from Disney / Pixar, Pre-Screening Attended…

Sequels or prequels are always a touchy subject, especially if it’s connected with a well-loved movie. Monsters University had some big shoes to fill as a prequel to Monsters Inc. How did it measure up? I’d say it was a worthy continuation of the story. It wasn’t better or worse but flowed nicely into the Monsters Inc. story we all know and enjoy. The first thing my daughter said after the movie was over was, “That was a pretty good second movie!” Well said, well said, Munchkin.

The story follows Mike and his aspiration to be a great scarer, graduating from the esteemed Monsters University. By the way, little Mike is ADORABLE! He finally gets into the college of his dreams and is accepted into the Scaring Program. Things don’t go so right when James P. Sullivan (aka “Sulley”) enters his life. They are complete opposites with Mike having to work extremely hard and not being scary at all while Sulley coasts through life on his father’s reputation and is a natural scarer. Rivalry ensues.

Monsters University Movie Disney / Pixar Prequel to Monsters Inc.

A particular run-in with the pristine, yet intimidating, Dean Hardscrabble leaves both expelled from the Scaring Program. Mike and Sulley, together with their new fraternity brothers of Oozma Kappa (‘OK’ for short), will need to find their strengths and balance their weakness to prove their scariness worth to the whole school and to themselves.

You’re drawn into the story from the get-go. Mike is somewhat of a class outcast/runt and, when a top scarer singles him out, he decides then and there that his dream will be to follow in his footsteps. It’s so easy to relate to having an ultimate and working toward it. What happens, though, when it doesn’t pan out? Facing reality and the fact that you may not be cut out to attain that dream can be devastating.

Monsters University Movie Disney / Pixar Prequel to Monsters Inc.

Don’t worry, the movie is not all sappy and depressing. In true Monsters fashion, there’s a lot fun, humor, energy, and silliness. The new cast of characters is awesome, particularly the OK crew. You can’t help but love Squishy’s mom! The amount of creativity that went into the character design was massive. The featured fraternities/sororities were fantastic. I also loved how cameo appearance from ‘Inc.’ characters were perfectly placed. The animation, music, sounds, and effects were top-notch.

The only word of caution would be that there are bits of suspense and, with the setting in a Scare school with students majoring in scaring, some parts may frighten little ones. The Dean herself is pretty creepy with her hundreds of legs and huge bat-like wings. I did think this balanced out well in rounding out the story. Still, a few dark scenes with roaring monsters could be a bit much for sensitive eyes.

Monsters University Movie Disney / Pixar Prequel to Monsters Inc.

Another thing you’ll want to be careful about is your wallet. Why? Because, guaranteed, your child (and you) will want some Monsters University merchandise. I couldn’t believe that my 12-year-old daughter was asking for a ‘Mike’ plush. Weird…

While Monsters University could not stand on it’s own as a blockbusters, it’s a worthy prequel that is both enjoyable and nostalgic. If you love Monsters Inc. you can’t NOT see this one too! To heighten your experience, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes look I got with the director, producer, artists, and more under #MonstersUEvent. Also, enjoy the giveaway I have for you below – it’s from the swag I got at the event including:

  • Monsters University Notebook
  • Monsters University “Sulley” Figure
  • Infinity “Mike” Piece
  • Infinity T-Shirt XL

Monsters University & The Blue Umbrella are in theaters now! For more info check the social links below:

I was invited to a complimentary pre-screening and allowed to bring one guest. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Yvonne Lopez June 21, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Wow you had a ggod time. We are going tomorrow,..

Yvonne Lopez June 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Sorry the whole family..

Charlene S June 21, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Yes I want to see this with my niece.

Kimberly Schotz June 21, 2013 - 10:44 pm

I am seeing it this weekend with our youngest daughter

Crissy D. June 22, 2013 - 4:57 am

I want to see this with my whole family.We are really excited about it!

Steph June 22, 2013 - 8:49 am

I hope to see it with my family sometime this summer.

Denise Taylor-Dennis June 22, 2013 - 3:35 pm

We are planning to take our son to see this tomorrow.

SherryO June 22, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I hope to see it very soon with my BFF

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Kristi C June 23, 2013 - 2:48 am

I will be taking my children to see this movie.

Katy June 23, 2013 - 3:59 am

I would love to see it with my daughter

Thomas Bellamy June 23, 2013 - 5:29 am

I hope so. With my wife.

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Mai Bateson June 23, 2013 - 6:21 am

Looking forward to have a movie date night with hubby! 😀

ivan mckinnon June 23, 2013 - 6:38 am

with my granddaughter

carol June 23, 2013 - 8:02 am

will be seeing it with my grandkids

chris hoey June 23, 2013 - 8:54 am

winit all today

Wehaf June 23, 2013 - 9:04 am

My boyfriend and I are hoping to go next weekend.

Irene Cypher June 23, 2013 - 10:11 am

Yes. My husband and I are looking forward to seeing it even though we don’t have any kids to take with us.

marian boll June 23, 2013 - 2:20 pm

My whole family will be around me for the first time in years this next weekend…this would be a fun movie for all!!

Taylor Doyle June 23, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Yes! I actually already saw it!! LOVED! I went to see it with my niece! We’re both big fans!

lauren knott June 23, 2013 - 4:50 pm

My four year old is very scared of bad guys so we will probably wait till he is a bit older to watch this, it looks cute thought!

ryan minton June 23, 2013 - 5:53 pm

i will be seeing it with my nephew very soon!

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Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 23, 2013 - 7:04 pm

I’ll be taking my nieces and nephews!

Stephanie Larison June 25, 2013 - 12:00 am

Yes, my daughter wants to see it.

Belinda Parker June 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

Yes…I will be watching it with my three kids!

shelly peterson June 26, 2013 - 4:02 am

Yes I plan to see it soon with my son and grandson

Austin Baroudi June 26, 2013 - 2:42 pm

I’ll be taking my daughter to see right when it comes out!

Serena Powell June 27, 2013 - 4:21 pm

I will hopefully get to go watch it soon with my sisters

william stage June 27, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Love to win for my daughter

Brandon Dithrich June 27, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Hopefully going to see it with my family soon! looks like a great movie

April V. June 28, 2013 - 2:27 am

I’d like to go see it with my niece as my husband wouldn’t be interested in it.

edq143 June 28, 2013 - 6:52 am

I’m going to take my boys

alyssa roberts June 28, 2013 - 10:42 am

Sunday matinee with my husband and sweet pea!!

Denise B. June 28, 2013 - 12:43 pm

We usually just buy the dvd when it comes out.

Colleen W June 28, 2013 - 6:39 pm

I just saw this the other day with my daughter. So funny. We had a great time:)

Anastasia June 28, 2013 - 11:25 pm

Yes! The kids and I can’t wait to see this 🙂

Tiffany Ann McGehee June 29, 2013 - 2:58 am

Saw it already with my youngest son, sister and niece.

Monte Shelton June 29, 2013 - 7:21 am

Monsters University is a movie for kids from 7 and up, The movie is definitely not a one for a 2 year old, the squirming in the seats after 1 hour into a 1 hour 42 minutes movie and the crying from the roars of the monsters did not help in a crowded theater.

Shemp DeYoung (@shempgames) June 29, 2013 - 3:36 pm

My daughter. My son and his friends already went.

Debbie Denny June 29, 2013 - 6:45 pm

I will with my Granddaughter

Sherrie C. June 29, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Yes, I will be seeing it with my granddaughter. Thanks 🙂


Tanya White June 29, 2013 - 10:09 pm

Yes my 5 children and I will be seeing it soon.

Steve Stone June 30, 2013 - 6:05 am

this weekend with the kids

amy williams June 30, 2013 - 6:57 pm

I sure would love to see it soon and my whole family would see it the first movie was so cute

Denise M June 30, 2013 - 9:01 pm

i hope so but my daughter and husband has already seen it

Monique Rizzo June 30, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Yes, next weekend with my daughter and my dad.
Thanks for the chance.
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Daily Woman (Lacey) July 1, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Yes we are going this weekend. My two boys want to see it.

Jean F July 2, 2013 - 4:28 am

I’ll go with my daughter Anna

Kristy July 2, 2013 - 10:08 am

My sons’, my fiance and I will be going to see it soon.

Rae Nelson July 2, 2013 - 6:42 pm

I hope to see it soon – my daughters both want to see it so I thought I might could take them for a treat.

Lisa V. July 3, 2013 - 3:32 am

Been hearing good things about the movie and plan to see it with my boyfriend.

talisha sturms July 3, 2013 - 10:26 am

My daughters and I will be going to see this.

julie murphy July 3, 2013 - 6:09 pm

yes with the kids

Paula Hafner July 3, 2013 - 6:27 pm

I’ll wait until it’s out on dvd and buy it to watch with my kids. (It’s cheaper than going to the movies)

natalie yeoman July 3, 2013 - 7:48 pm

i would see this movie with my nephew

Debra Hall July 4, 2013 - 7:57 pm

i will see it with my grandson

Renee G July 4, 2013 - 10:04 pm

I’m hoping to see this soon with my husband and two sons.

Nicole C. July 5, 2013 - 7:33 am

Yes, I plan on taking my daughter to see it!

YVONNE July 5, 2013 - 10:36 am

kids love it. Me too

TL July 5, 2013 - 12:27 pm


Vera P. July 5, 2013 - 3:09 pm

I plan on seeing it with my husband and our two boys.

Rebecca Peters July 5, 2013 - 4:28 pm

I want to take my kids to see this

Adrienne July 5, 2013 - 6:24 pm

My husband and daughter will be going soon.

Jackie July 5, 2013 - 9:51 pm

I will be taking my 3 year old

Jordan Y July 6, 2013 - 12:10 am

I’m going to go see it with my daughter and husband.

Ruby Daniels July 6, 2013 - 1:31 am

I will be seeing it with my husband and son

Lasonda July 6, 2013 - 8:41 am

Yes, I saw it with my hubby

Pauline M July 6, 2013 - 10:32 am

I took both of my kids to see it last night! We loved it!

Gina P July 6, 2013 - 11:44 am

i will, ill be bringing my cousins the next time i babysit

Daniel M July 6, 2013 - 5:40 pm

hope to go see it with my niece & nephew

Greg July 6, 2013 - 6:42 pm

I loved this movie!

Mihaela D. July 6, 2013 - 10:55 pm

I hope to see it very soon with my kids 🙂

Candice Hull July 6, 2013 - 11:24 pm

We have tried to go three times and every time, it’s been sold out and the showing after was sold out. We WILL take our boys to see it soon!

Liza E July 7, 2013 - 5:09 am

I’m hoping to see it soon with my god-daughter

Kim H July 7, 2013 - 6:01 am

I will see with my husband and grandkids

Desiree Dunbar July 7, 2013 - 6:47 am

I want to go and bring my nephew.

Linda G. July 7, 2013 - 7:01 am

yes, with grandson

Kathie Craig July 7, 2013 - 7:10 am

I will see it with the fam when it comes out on video

Shayna July 7, 2013 - 7:21 am

I will be seeing it with my son 🙂

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heather b July 7, 2013 - 8:00 am

I will be seeing Monsters University with my sons!

Benita July 7, 2013 - 8:30 am

You bet! Going with my niece.

Jammie July 7, 2013 - 8:44 am

We went and seen it with our daughter!

Sherry Conrad July 7, 2013 - 9:17 am

I might with my grandson, not sure yet who is taking him.

Brenda Elsner July 7, 2013 - 9:42 am

I will be watching this with my kids!!!

Mia J July 7, 2013 - 11:03 am

I already saw it with my daughter. We loved it.

Beth @ Musing Mainiac July 7, 2013 - 11:03 am

yes, with my kids

Kendra Warstler July 7, 2013 - 11:26 am

My kids and myself will be going to see it this coming week.

amy deeter July 7, 2013 - 11:27 am

yes soon with my kids

Dana Pugsley July 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

I’d like to see this with my husband We were big fans of the first one!

Jenny July 7, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I will be seeing this seeing the movie with my son and daughter

Sylvia Ortiz July 7, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Yes, with my 2 year old grandson.

Angela W July 7, 2013 - 2:04 pm

yes with the kids

Deborah Wallin July 7, 2013 - 2:52 pm

I will be seeing it with my sons.

david cosgrove July 7, 2013 - 3:43 pm

yes with my 3 year old son.

may avalon July 7, 2013 - 4:15 pm

with the family

natalia ryjova July 7, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Im gonna go see it with my daughter.

Maggie M July 7, 2013 - 6:19 pm

I will be seeing it with my 3 little ones.

kathy pease July 7, 2013 - 6:59 pm

id like to see it with my family

Laurie Emerson July 7, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Yes, we will be going to see it soon as a family.

DanV July 7, 2013 - 8:24 pm

I may see it with my kids

Leslie S. July 7, 2013 - 8:41 pm

I will see it with my 4 kids when it comes out on dvd.

Vikki Billings July 7, 2013 - 8:51 pm

I will most likely be waiting for it to come out on dvd, so I can watch it with my grandson

Veronica Garrett July 7, 2013 - 8:58 pm

I will be seeing it with my granddaughter.

Jane Squires July 7, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Would like to see it but a tick disease has zapped my funds.

Melissa Snyder July 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Yes, I’m going to see it with y husband and our three kids. They are all very excited and can’t wait.

kristy July 7, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Yes! Planning to take my little girl to her very first movie– Monsters University

charlene July 7, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Yes my two teenagers cant wait to go see it

Beth Stephens July 7, 2013 - 11:13 pm

I will probably wait until it comes out on dvd and I will watch it with my 2 year old twin boys!

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